Over the past year or two, you may have heard about an exciting project called the Colorado-National Collaborative. We’d like to do a better job of communicating what that group is working on, so we’ve added this section to our monthly newsletter. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
The Colorado-National Collaborative (CNC) is continuing work with national, state and local leaders on building a comprehensive suicide prevention framework. Efforts are underway to finalize the structure and priorities of the CNC strategic plan. Below is a sneak peek of the “pillars” that have been identified through local, state, and national collaboration to be our best bet evidenced-based policies, programs and practices which will help Colorado reach the goal of reducing suicide by 20% by 2024.
Strategies include policies and programs that promote behavioral health social and emotional learning starting in elementary schools.
2. Economic Stability
These include policies and practices include food security, affordable housing, family friendly employment practices, and access to affordable, quality child care.
3. Education and Awareness
These strategies rely on broad dissemination of suicide prevention education to the general public.
4. Access to Suicide Safer Care
Strategies include the seven Zero Suicide elements: 1) Lead; 2) Train; 3) Identify; 4) Engage; 5) Treat; 6) Transition; and, 7) Improve. Settings specific to this pillar include primary care, mental health centers, behavioral health and substance disorder treatment agencies, hospitals, and emergency departments.
5. Lethal Means Safety
Strategies include reinforcing safe storage practices through public messaging, the Colorado Gun Shop Project, and provider training.
As we all know, good postvention is prevention. Key strategies will ensure that communities are mobilized to support survivors of suicide loss, that positive messaging guided by lived experience is highlighted, and that safe messaging resources are available to a variety of organizations.